No one at Disney has ever said that the changes to the lobby are due to needing a larger check in area. Only people on forums have been saying that. They are going to redesign the lobby and remove the water feature for many reasons and none of them that I have heard from anyone working on the project ever said that they needed a larger check in area. They do want a new look to the lobby and the water feature takes up a lot of square footage. Not that I want to see it go but I know the problems they have been having with it for more than a decade. I wont get into the details about the problems with the water feature because people just start to argue with me about it but it needs to come out or be replaced. The new concept has a more open feel (not like an airport) and will have some water elements but not like the water feature that is there now. Also many things need to be replaced to remove the remaining asbestos and to bring the building in compliance with ADA laws. People may or may not like it after it is done but there is a simple fix to that problem. If you dont like it, dont visit the resort. I for one will wait and see how it turns out in the end. If I dont like the new lobby better than the old then I will appreciate the resort for the other things I do enjoy.